A urethral stricture is a narrowing of the urethra caused by injury, instrumentation, infection and certain non-infectious forms of urethritis.
Signs and symptoms
The hallmark sign of urethral stricture is a weak urinary stream. Other symptoms include:
Splaying of the urinary stream
Straining to urinate
Pain during urination
Urinary tract infection
Inability to completely empty the bladder.
Some patients with severe urethral strictures are completely unable to urinate. This is referred to as acute urinary retention and is a medical emergency. Hydronephrosis and renal failure may also occur.